Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Moby Dick

By Herman Melville

  • Release Date: 1851-10-17
  • Genre: Classics
  • Size: 820.37 KB
Score: 4
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An Apple Books Classic edition.

Herman Melville’s classic begins with one of the most famous opening lines in world literature: “Call me Ishmael.” Moby Dick was a commercial failure when it was first published in 1851, but during the 20th century, the book’s reputation grew and grew.

The novel features a memorable cast of characters, in particular the ivory-legged Captain Ahab, who lost a limb to the gargantuan white whale named Moby Dick. Now, Ahab’s sole obsession is hunting down the sea creature to exact his revenge. Heedless of warnings, Ahab risks ship and crew in his maniacal pursuit, bearing out Melville’s observation that ”there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.”


  • The one of the best piece of literature out there

    By Garrypowers
    The book incapacitates you in its deep knowledge about whale fishery and slowly drives you towards the narrative. The alone boy with a cannibal......the crazy captain Ahab fuming with revenge....the shipmates. A must read book for people who love the seas.
  • Good!

    By bwp111
  • The best novel ever written

    By Joe Fams
    Read it a few times.
  • The whale

    By fivecows
    Melvilles prose is so beautiful, it counters the ugly behavior of humans perfectly
  • good

    By MyNameIsJamesLolOkBye
    i likrcweafkws wal s
  • Moby Dick

    By Katndanny6580
    Read this in sixth grade for fun. Recently watched In the Heart of the Sea and decided I needed to reread it. Loved it just as much this time as the first time.
  • The American Whaling Odyssey

    By Cochrane 628
    This is the perfect example of an American Odyssey: admiring the beauty, magesty and divine power of the whale, only to kill it in the most gruesome, slow and cruel way, in order to light our reading nights.
  • Review

    By Fleshch
    I gave it four stars because it was amazing though it was not easy to read it
  • A ocean of time has passed

    By Chris24eyeknown
    I was assigned this book as a eighth grade student for summer vacation. It felt like a prison sentence. Found the cliff notes and forgot about it until this night. Winters storm, a north easter, crippled the power grid and with some fire light I gave Melville another shot. The second time around was captivating.
  • Moby Dick

    By Bob Catt
    I re read Moby Dick because I recently read In The Heart Of The Sea and The Wreck Of The Whaleship Essex. Both books were very interesting and I wanted to learn more about the whaleing lifestyle back then. Moby Dick is obviously fiction but Melville described every minute detail of the business…from the construction and rigging of the whaleboats to the technique of hunting and killing a sperm whale using a few flimsy boats manned by only 6 men each. I really did feel like I was there. I probably should have had a dictionary at my side the whole time, but didn’t. It did get a little long through the middle,admittadly. I dont really know about the good and evil stuff;thats not why I read it. Melville is a master at describing scenes and drama. I recommend reading it.